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Shooting Times

June 2021
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Every issue of Shooting Times brings you exciting, authoritative coverage of guns, ammunition, reloading, and the shooting sports. Written for the experienced and novice gun enthusiast by focusing on new product developments and activities in the shooting industry.

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United States
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
12 Issues

in this issue

5 min.
a proven game-getter

REGARDING JOSEPH VON BENEDIKT’S RECENT ARTICLE ON THE .303 British Uberti Model 1885 Courteney Stalking rifle, I agree completely with the recommendation that the .303 British be neck sized when reloading. In my experience, neck sizing improves accuracy and case life, for the reasons described in the article. Since chambers in many old rifles may be eroded, and my old .303 British No. 4 SMLE has a rear-locking bolt, neck sizing helps maintain a good fit between the cartridge and chamber. In a new rifle like the Uberti, some sizing of the case toward the base may be needed. As for loads for the .303 British, Remington used to make a 215-grain jacketed roundnose softpoint. I loaned my rifle to a friend who took a shot at a running deer (not recommended),…

2 min.
stoeger condor field synthetic

STOEGER’S NEW CONDOR FIELD SYNTHETIC OVER-UNDER shotgun comes with a weather-resistant synthetic stock; a crisp, single trigger; a tang-mounted safety; a raised rib with a brass bead sight; and extractors. Weighing in at 7.3 pounds, it’s offered in 12 gauge with 28-inch barrels and two screw-in choke tubes: Modified and Improved Cylinder. It accepts 2¾- and 3-inch shells. MSRP: $349 stoegerindustries.com Browning X-Point Defense Ammunition The most recognizable feature of Browning’s new X-Point Defense handgun ammunition is the distinctive hollowpoint bullet design that contains an X-shaped shield in the nose of the bullet. The “X” is designed to prevent the hollowpoint from becoming obstructed with material upon impact to ensure positive bullet expansion and also makes for rapid energy transfer. X-Point Defense is offered in .380 ACP (1,000 fps), 9mm Luger (1,000 fps), .40 S&W…

4 min.
joseph von benedikt’s pre-’64 model 70?

Q: THE “THE SHOOTIST” COLUMNIST ON THE PRE-’64 WINCHESTER Model 70 was off on a few points. First, there was only one action size for the Pre-’64, and it was cut out a bit for the H&H cartridges but was the same size action and bolt for the Hornet through the .375 H&H. There wasn’t a “short” Pre-’64 M70 action made. Second, the “1952” rifle pictured was actually made in 1960. You can tell by the bolt shroud and the 51XXXX serial number. Third, this was the first time I ever read that the Super Grades had premium barrels. It is my understanding that the Standard Supers had Standard barrels and the Featherweight Supers had Featherweight barrels. I have never read or heard that they had different barrels than the regular…

5 min.
rossi model 62 sac

SLEEK, WELL-MADE, AND CONFIGURED LIKE WIN- chester’s pump-action Model 62, the Rossi 62 was manufactured in Brazil between 1970 and 1998 and imported into this country by Interarms. Production ceased when Taurus purchased Rossi in 1998. Don’t be misled. This is not the Rossi Gallery currently manufactured by Rossi USA. The current gun has a distinctly different action, a beechwood or polymer stock, and some polymer parts. The older Rossi Model 62s are walnut and steel. Several iterations were made, including a rifle-length version with a 23-inch barrel in nickel and blued finishes. Some had octagon barrels. I’ve yet to see any of the carbine-length Rossi 62s with anything but a round barrel and blued steel, and I’ve read that the nickel carbines were brought in only during 1998 and are rather uncommon.…

4 min.
the .300 h&h magnum

IN 1912 THE RESPECTED BRITISH FIRM HOLLAND & Holland established the future of the belted rifle case with the .375 H&H Magnum. It was not the first belted case, but it was the one that set the dimensions for a century of cartridges to come. H&H’s head and belt design have been used almost unchanged in a staggering number of standard, proprietary, and wildcat cartridges. In about 1920, H&H applied those head dimensions to a then-new .30-caliber cartridge, first called the “Holland’s Super 30.” The same length as the .375 H&H case, the newcomer had a long, tapered shoulder. Soon its standardized name became the .300 H&H Magnum, and there was a sound reason for that funny-looking shoulder. I’ve previously written about how handloaders can deal with belted rifle cases, but not so…

4 min.
statistical considerations

MORE THAN ONE MEMBER AT MY GUN CLUB’S range has asked me, “How many rounds do I have to fire to develop a perfect handload?” Well, as an engineer, I know there are several answers to that question. There’s the theoretical response based on statistics, and fortunately, there’s also a more practical, realistic answer. Developing the optimal handload is theoretically possible. There’s a mathematical term used in statistical analysis called the fundamental counting principle (FCP). Understanding the ramifications of the FCP can give you an idea of the scope of the effort required to determine the best handload. Let’s pose an example using the popular .30-06 to develop an exemplary whitetail handload. A rifle cartridge comprises four components: case, primer, propellant, and bullet. Quantifying each component, let’s assume three options for the case…